The Dorsey Brothers:
Sultans of Swing

By Irish America Staff To fans of jazz and swing, the Dorsey brothers need no introduction. As musicians, composers and dance band leaders, they are inextricably linked with the swing craze during the big-band era of the 1930s and 1940s. Their numerous hits include “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You,” “I’ll Never Smile Again,” and...

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Christy Moore Live From The National Concert Hall

Saturday, September 19th. By Deaglán de Bréadún

Tonight, September 19th, at 8pm on the east coast and west coast of the United States, 8pm Irish and British time, 9pm in central Europe, and tomorrow at 8pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, Christy Moore’s many fans can view a livestream solo performance by the legendary singer on the stage at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. “I haven’t gigged since last March, so I’m...

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The Band performing at Sellersville Theatre where they'll be again in January.

We Banjo 3

A band from Galway plays a blend of traditional Irish, old-time, and bluegrass music they call Celtgrass. ℘℘℘ The banjo has a long, contested, and even controversial history. Musicologists now generally agree that an early form of the instrument was first brought to America by enslaved people from west Africa. It was possibly an akonting, a three-stringed instrument with a long...

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Love of Country

When music legend Bruce Springsteen recorded his excellent 2007 “Live in Dublin” concert, it’s no accident that the famed rock-n-roller opted for a decidedly more country flavor, using fiddles and slide guitars, on tunes such as “Jesse James” and “My Oklahoma Home.” Springsteen – who in his recent biography said he grew up on a New Jersey block surrounded by “old-school...

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“Forty Shades of Green” at 60

The iconic song about Ireland, written by country music legend Johnny Cash in 1969, is still popular today. ℘℘℘ When Cash visited Ireland in 1959, he was already a successful country musician, his hits including “Folsom Prison Blues” and “I Walk the Line.” He came to Ireland, though, as a tourist. He later explained his inspiration for writing the song as, “I was in a car...

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